Mark Loewenstern

Mark Loewenstern

Mark Loewenstern is a winner of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival and the Anna Zornio Award for Children’s Playwriting, as well as a three-time finalist for the Heideman Award and a nominee for a New York Independent Theater Award. His plays have been performed on 4 continents and he has received commissions from the Lennie Pierro Memorial Arts Foundation, California Stage Company and Vital Theatre...
Mark Loewenstern is a winner of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival and the Anna Zornio Award for Children’s Playwriting, as well as a three-time finalist for the Heideman Award and a nominee for a New York Independent Theater Award. His plays have been performed on 4 continents and he has received commissions from the Lennie Pierro Memorial Arts Foundation, California Stage Company and Vital Theatre Company. Plays: Near Nellie Bly (O’Neill semi-finalist), Dorothea Puente Tells All! (sold-out run at California Stage Company), One is the Road, Carnality, A Doctor’s Visit, The Nastiest Drink in the World, Parish Dunkeld, and The Slightly Exaggerated True Story of “Civic Virtue.” Films: Never No More, Holiday Rumble, Six Love Stories (starring Alicia Witt), 26 Months After Katrina, and Sinister Zoe. Mark’s one act plays are published through Samuel French and Smith & Kraus. Born in Philly and living in New York, Mark studied theater at the University of Pennsylvania, Kings College London and the Juilliard School. Dramatists Guild Member. Email him at goodyarn@hotmail.com.

Plays

  • The Bloomingdale Road
    20 MINUTE PLAY
    Over Thanksgiving, a gentleman farmer has a talk with his children about the family legacy, but it takes an unexpected turn. A love letter to real estate, urban growth and those who follow such things.
  • Carnality
    10 MINUTE PLAY
    When your head wants one thing and the rest of you wants something else.
  • A Doctor's Visit
    Winner of the Samuel French OOB Fest!

    10 MINUTE PLAY
    During the Crusades, a sick King Richard the Lionhearted is visited by the Sultan's personal physician, the Jewish sage Moses Maimonides. A different era's view of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
  • Dorothea Puente Tells All! An Evening with the Magnanimous, Distinguished and Noble Lady of Sacramento
    Dorothea Puente was a lifelong con-artist. Her abuse of the welfare system led directly to new federal legislation. In the Latinx community, she was loved as a pillar of the community though she herself was white. On November 11, 1988, police discovered 7 bodies buried in Dorothea Puente's yard, thanks in large part to the heroic efforts of a humble volunteer social worker. Mrs. Puente never stopped...
    Dorothea Puente was a lifelong con-artist. Her abuse of the welfare system led directly to new federal legislation. In the Latinx community, she was loved as a pillar of the community though she herself was white. On November 11, 1988, police discovered 7 bodies buried in Dorothea Puente's yard, thanks in large part to the heroic efforts of a humble volunteer social worker. Mrs. Puente never stopped maintaining her innocence and some never stopped believed her. In unraveling the truth of Dorothea Puente, this play also shows the rest of us something about our own needs and vulnerabilities, and how we can protect ourselves from people who would exploit us.
  • Grandmother's House
    10 MINUTE PLAY
    Renee pays Rose an unannounced visit. A new spin on Red Riding Hood, where granddaughter is the Wolf.

    Published in Canyon Voices, Spring 2021
  • Improvisational Conversation #2974 (Brenda Moore)
    10 MINUTE PLAY
    An employee comes to the boss's office to talk out a difficult issue with a difficult human client. The door is opened to even more difficult problems that nobody wants to face.
  • Motivation
    SHORT PLAY
    Based on the shootings near the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque, Queens, NY. Written for Code Red #Faith.
  • The Nastiest Drink in the World
    MUSICAL FOR CHILDREN
    WINNER OF THE ANNA ZORNIO PRIZE FOR CHILDREN'S PLAYWRITING
    In the kingdom of Baloneya, the law says that King Fredipus is always right -- even when he's wrong! When his mistakes start to cause real harm, only a shy peasant girl named Samantha finds the courage to speak up and the ingenuity to set things right. How she does so gives the show its title, as she calls...
    MUSICAL FOR CHILDREN
    WINNER OF THE ANNA ZORNIO PRIZE FOR CHILDREN'S PLAYWRITING
    In the kingdom of Baloneya, the law says that King Fredipus is always right -- even when he's wrong! When his mistakes start to cause real harm, only a shy peasant girl named Samantha finds the courage to speak up and the ingenuity to set things right. How she does so gives the show its title, as she calls upon the audience to assist her in the hilarious creation of The Nastiest Drink in the World.
  • Near Nellie Bly
    (Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival, 2019)
    (O'Neill Semi-Finalist)

    FULL LENGTH
    Nellie Bly, aspiring daredevil reporter, went undercover in an insane asylum on Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island) in New York City, 1887. There she befriended a patient named Anne Neville. After 10 days, Nellie was released. Anne stayed. This play tells the above story from Anne...
    (Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival, 2019)
    (O'Neill Semi-Finalist)

    FULL LENGTH
    Nellie Bly, aspiring daredevil reporter, went undercover in an insane asylum on Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island) in New York City, 1887. There she befriended a patient named Anne Neville. After 10 days, Nellie was released. Anne stayed. This play tells the above story from Anne Neville’s perspective. It strives to show not what Nellie Bly did, but rather, WHY what Nellie Bly did was important.
  • Never No More
    10 MINUTE
    A hastily set-up Zoom date takes an unexpected turn.
    Can be performed on Zoom or live.
  • One is the Road
    SHORT PLAY
    Our protagonist drives home from vacation with his wife. He relates to us the 7 things he is thinking and doing moment-to-moment over the course of a crucial five minutes in his life.

    (2014 Nominee for Best Short Script -- New York Innovative Theatre Awards)
  • Parish Dunkeld
    FULL-LENGTH - PUBLISHED BY NEXT STAGE PRESS
    In rural Scotland in 1793, a small parish believes it is safe from the revolutions shaking the world. But when a well-intentioned man of reason arrives, bringing violent upheaval, the people of Parish Dunkeld must fight their way back from the brink.

    "It is a thinking person's art, not just an evening's entertainment." PGN
  • The Plate
    MONOLOGUE

    The HOST comes to offer a short prayer for our times, on behalf of us all.

    Written for Playwrights Thriving February 2021 Food themed shorts
  • A Round
    (One Minute Play)

    A rhythmic snapshot of the link between pandemics and the over-consumption of meat.
  • The Slightly Exaggerated True Story of "Civic Virtue"
    ONE-ACT
    The marble sculpture "Civic Virtue Triumphant Over Unrighteousness" caused an uproar before it was even installed outside City Hall in New York City, in 1922. This uproar lasted for over 90 years. It is here presented for your viewing pleasure in about 20 minutes
  • SYATP
    SHORT PLAY
    A monologue inspired by the shooting at Wedgwood Baptist Church, September 1999. Written for Code Red Playwrights: Enough / Volume #4